Update 11:30pm – Omg, the stars are *incredible*! Despite the moon! You can only barely see Scorpio’s claws, but the Teapot is really visible and Pegasus and I saw my favorite Dolphin and…and…. I’m going back outside to look some more!!!!!
Update 10:3pm – We’re just closing up. We did quite a bit of inventory, although we got delayed by a local who comes in during the evenings, occasionally. There’s a brilliant gibbous moon hanging over the bluff at the south end of town.
Update 7:30pm – It’s been a busy, productive day. It eventually turned marvelously sunny and bright and lots of people were out walking, enjoying the weather. I spent a lot of it with customers, some with folks who are new in town, telling them about what’s where. I ended up working on a major re-do of part of the website that I didn’t get to last winter, the music section. It’s *way* different than it used to be! I had to do a full inventory of what’s in stock, to start, and got some of the books while I was at it.I also realized that before adding the rest of the herbs and such to the board I’d better inventory what’s actually there.
Tempus got back around 6:30 and we sat and talked over the day for a bit. He’s out watering plants right now and when he’s done I don’t know if we’re going to be working on inventory or heading home.
Update 1pm – On the way out I harvested quite a bit of horehound and self-heal, plus the last few of the cherries and some other bits and pieces. We came down the seawall into town and the fog was marvelous, all tangled in the trees on the other side of the bay and obscuring the top of the bridge completely. There were a lot of seabirds, (gulls and ducks mostly) floating in the light chop on the bay and a lot of crab pots and small boats. All the seals have moved, too many people down on the point. They’ll be back in the fall. We had people in as soon as we got here and Tempus took off for another job around 11. The sun is struggling mightily to get through the cloud layer and occasionally succeeding, but it’s quite chilly. It just got up to 59F, but I’ve been huddled in a shawl and dealing with cold fingers all morning!
It looks a touch brighter this morning, but the overcast is supposedly solid. 57F again, although the porch thermometer is reading a bit above that.
I am really, really sleepy this morning. No reason that I know of, I’m just having trouble getting the motor going.
Mary Moore came in almost as we got the shop open. She’s getting around ok, but with a cane. Healing is slow.
Except for taking two short breaks to get my lunch eaten I was really busy all yesterday. Lots of people were been in shopping, some from Eugene or Portland, some from Idaho, one from Minnesota, (of all places), several from Nevada and bike, motorcycle, RV and “thumb” tourists taking trips up or down the coast. I mostly was pricing and inventorying jewelry that I had dug out of boxes. I *still* didn’t get the clasps on the necklaces, but I had to go get the classroom cleaned up for class.
Tempus was running in and out all day. They’re building a home for Darwinia’s ducklings.
Here’s a pic of some of the bracelets….. the top one is Ocean Jasper, the 2nd Lapichite (a mix of malachite & lapis, the two others are cubic zirconia.
Here’s one more with the letter “M” on it (or I suppose it could be a “W” if’n ya just hadta….) It’s brand-new, bought for me, years ago, but I don’t wear gold and I don’t identify with the letter “M”, either.
I got the class table cleaned off and Tempus came in a started on headers … and kept going on headers since the class didn’t show up. Not sure what happened…..
I also did quite a bit on OCPPG, starting to put stuff together for the handbook. We have a few ads, but could use a lot more.
Tempus made a chicken dinner while I was getting the tomatoes moved and trimmed, and then he shifted the big plant and added potting mix while I got a bath. We ate and headed for bed pretty soon thereafter.
The stuff that got headers yesterday needs to get checked in and then to go on the board or in the organizer below. I have more jewelry in the basket, but I’m thinking that there’s enough as it is. I probably ought to try to finish those necklaces and I really ought to get some tarot earrings made.
The shop opens at 10am. Summer hours, 10am-7pm, Wednesday through Monday. If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open!
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Waxing Gibbous. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Phase ends on Tuesday at 8:27am.
Look left of the Moon (by a fist-width at arm’s length or more) for orange Antares. Much closer left of the Moon are the three lesser stars that mark the head of Scorpius, lined up about vertically.
Look for Aldebaran, much fainter, below or lower right of Jupiter. Also in Jupiter’s starry background are the Hyades, and above it are the Pleiades. The asteroids Ceres and Vesta, magnitudes 9.1 and 8.4, are in the area too! See article Predawn Treats for Early Risers for the naked-eye aspect, and to find the asteroids, Ceres and Vesta: July 2012 – April 2013.
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne Holly Jul 8 – Aug 4
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Runic half-month of Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick (Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992)Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings.
Runic half-month of Thorn, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor (right). The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.
©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Tides for Alsea Bay
~Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
~F 27 Low 1:56 AM 0.3 5:58 AM Set 12:36 AM 55
~ 27 High 8:06 AM 4.9 8:47 PM Rise 3:51 PM
~ 27 Low 1:18 PM 2.4
~ 27 High 7:45 PM 7.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Have a picnic!If you have just a lunch hour, get outside. If you can’t get outside, close your eyes and imagine the sounds and scents of the summer and the warmth of the sun!
~ Breakage, whatever its cause, is the dark complement to the act of making; the one implies the other. The thing that is broken has particular authority over the act of change. – Louise Gluck
~ Breathless, we flung us on a windy hill, laughed in the sun, and kissed the lovely grass. – Rupert Brooke
~ Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing. – Benjamin Franklin
~ Behind an able man, there are always other able men. – Chinese Proverb
The Fish – Mary Oliver
The first fish
I ever caught
would not lie down
quiet in the pail
but flailed and sucked
at the burning
amazement of the air
in the slow pouring off
of rainbows. Later
I opened his body and separated
the flesh from the bones
and ate him. Now the sea
is in me: I am the fish, the fish
glitters in me; we are
risen, tangled together, certain to fall
back to the sea. Out of pain,
and pain, and more pain
we feed this feverish plot, we are nourished
by the mystery.
Acorn Wreath – For The Kids – Parental supervision is recommended. This project is rated AVERAGE to do.
What You Need
Hot glue gun
Flowers or other decoration
How To Make It
~ First, spread the newspaper on a flat surface. Lay your wreath down flat. Heat your glue gun.
~ Next, starting in the middle of the wreath begin gluing the bottom of the acorn. Place the glued part of the acorn in the middle of the wreath and stand the acorn straight up. Make 1 row in a straight line going all the way around the wreath. Repeat the process from top to bottom with the wreath still laying flat.
~ Then decorate with flowers, bows, or even holiday ornaments. Be sure not to leave any open spaces except in the back. The back of the wreath shouldn’t have any acorns on it so when you lay it down it is flat. – This project was contributed by: Sabrina Damero
Sand candles to honor the Goddess and the God of the sea
~ If you don’t live near a beach, you can achieve the same effect by putting sand in a large box, adding water, and working from there. This is definitely a porch or kitchen job, and newspapers are recommended under your work area for easy clean-up.
~ Melt wax from old candles (save the stubs from altar candles) in a coffee can set in a pot of boiling water. Add any essential oil you want for scent (or scent blocks from a candle supply store). Scoop out a candle mold in wet sand (you can make a cauldron by scooping out the sand and using a finger to poke three “feet” in the sand). Hold the wick (you can get these ready-made in arts and crafts stores) in the center and gently pour in the melted wax. Wait until it hardens, then slip your fingers under the candle and carefully lift it out and brush off the excess sand.
Create and bury a Witch’s Bottle – Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
~ This is a glass jar with sharp pointy things inside to keep away harm. You can use needles, pins, thorns, thistles, nails, and bits of broken glass; it’s a good way to dispose of broken crockery, old sewing equipment, and the pins that come in new clothes. Bury it near the entry to the house (like next to the driveway or the front door), or inside a large planter.
Give a man a fish and he will eat all day.
Teach a man to fish and he will go out and buy expensive fishing equipment, stupid-looking clothes, a sports utility vehicle, travel 1000 miles to the “hottest” fishing spot and stand waist-deep in cold water so he can try to outsmart a fish.
Average cost per fish: $395.68